As the trial over the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics continued in Lower Manhattan Wednesday, the court heard recordings made by a Bronx police officer who says his bosses had quotas for arrests, summonses and stops. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Officer Adhyl Polanco was back on the stand for the second day Wednesday, lashing out at the NYPD and its stop, question and frisk program.
He said police bosses and union delegates ordered officers to do stop-and-frisks, as well as arrests and summons.
The officer secretly recorded several of those conversations.
"Guess what?" said one of the people in a recording by Polanco. "Until you decide you're going to quit this job to become a Pizza Hut delivery man, this is what you're going to be doing until then."
Polanco said he was told he had to do at least five stop, question and frisks, make one arrest and write 20 tickets each month.
"You have to show something. You have to show something," said one of the people in a recording by Polanco. "You're a police officer. You mean to tell me for 30 [expletive] days, you haven't seen any violations on parking, any violations on moving violations, and any kind of arrest?"
"The recordings say what they say," said Darius Charney of the Center for Constitutional Rights. "You hear actual supervisors on these recordings saying this is mandatory."
During cross examination, city lawyers pointed out that police supervisors suggested Polanco and other officers might be slacking off and needed to do their jobs.
In one recording, a supervisor said police higher-ups weren't happy with the Bronx numbers, and police needed to target high-crime areas anyhow.
"Get some of our people that aren't chipping in to go to some locations we're having problems and give them the business," said one of the people in a recording by Polanco. "'Rightfully, they should'. And that's all we're asking you to do. That's all, that's all. And if we do that, everyone chips in, it's fine. It's really non-negotiable."
At one point, Polanco appeared angry on the stand saying he feared his own son could be shot by a police officer trying to do an illegal stop-and-frisk only for the numbers.
The officer did say that stop-and-frisk should be used, but only legally, and not in a racial profiling way.
"What he is being asked to do is write illegal tickets, make illegal stops to meet numbers. so that somebody higher up can look good," Charney said.
Officer Pedro Serrano, who works in the Bronx, also testified that there are quotas. He has recordings that will also be played in federal court.